COTABATO CITY (April 13, 2023) –The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao launched yesterday the 2nd Bangsamoro Development Plan (BPD) 2023-2028 with the theme “Empowered, Cohesive, and Progressive” held at Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex (SKCC), Bangsamoro Government Center, this city.
In his opening statement, Hon. Abdulraof A. Macacua, Governor of Maguindanao del Norte, said “Through this plan and implementation of our priority programs and projects, we are getting closer to realizing our aspirations for the Bangsamoro. With this, let us work together to prioritize the designated development plan.”
“Emphasizing accountability, working together for the region’s most desired development with moral governance,” Governor Macacua underscored.
Under Secretary Carlos Bernado Abad Santos delivered the congratulatory message of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan citing that the development plan was first among all of the regions in the country.
“In the Implementation of both the Philippines Development Plan and Bangsamoro Development Plan in the next five years, we call on the support and participations of all stakeholders including the Local Government Units, ministries and other offices, private institutions and members of civil society,” he said.
“Let us work together to achieve our vision of a Matatag, Maginhawa, at Pinatatag na Buhay para sa Lahat,” USec. Santos emphasized.
The message of MP Atty. Pangalian M. Balindong, Sr. was delivered by Secretary General Bangsamoro Parliament Prof. Raby B. Angkal, which stated, ”I am delighted that we have completed our development plan because it will serve us our peace and economic road map for the next five years.”
“Our development plan is not born out of political expediency. It is a product of our best technocrats and experts who have worked hard in consultation with various key stakeholders to come out with the draft plan,” he added.
Secretary Guianodin Abdillah, representative of Cotabato City Mayor Mohammad Ali “Bruce” Matabalao, said “Cotabato City continues and tirelessly works towards reaching ever higher development goal. The plan (BDP) will serve us our guide in building a more prosperous inclusive resilience society.”
Guiamel M. Alim, Chairperson of the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society said, “The civil society organizations will support the plan and we continue our task as watch group and to ensure accountability from the duty-bearers.”
Gustavo Gonzáles, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator of UNRCO said, “The release of Bangsamoro Development Plan is another relevant example of good governance. It translates leadership vision into concrete development actions.”
Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Sakamoto Takema, said, “JICA has been continuously supporting the Bangsamoro people of their development plan. BDP 2 must have to be implemented effectively and efficiently.”
Noraida Chio of The Asia Foundation said, “This plan is critical in strengthening and social change in BARMM, we are firm in our belief that this plan if properly understood, appreciated and translated into concrete development actions will services and become instrumental in continuing changes and governance particularly in achieving collective goal for a moral governance in our homeland.”
The Director General of Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA), Engr. Mohajirin T. Ali, MNSA, said “Each of the sectors was assigned into different chapter where they have soon together their sectoral analysis goals objectives and strategies, cross cutting teams are some of the new elements introduce of the 2nd BPD that gave more depth to the whole planning process.”
“The three element which are inclusion, equity, and justice, serve as a guide of the five sectoral committees in crafting their strategic directions,” he explained.
BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim, emphasized that the development plan is aligned with the Enhanced 12 Point Priority Agenda of BARMM for 2023-2025.
”Let us continue our collaborative effort that speaks to our desire to finally realize our dreams and aspirations for all Bangsamoro people. The dreams and aspirations of Bangsamoro people cannot be realized unless, we, in the Bangsamoro government will work together and strive to achieve the aspirations of people,” the Chief Minister said. ### (Nhor-Hamen S. Aplal, BMN-USM BSIR Intern/BangsamoroToday, Photo by Mohamiden G. Solaiman/BMN)